| By Susan Bradley |
The latest back-door method Microsoft is using to install its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) marketing software has hit a nerve for many.
The e-mails have been piling up on me since I wrote about that subject in my June 14 column.
Microsoft is installing WGA by subterfuge
[NEWS FLASH: After my June 14 column regarding Microsoft slyly installing WGA, readers complained to Microsoft — and the Redmond company has apparently removed the WGA requirement from at least one patch. More details will appear in the July 5 issue of this newsletter.]
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll put up with some annoyances in order to be secure. For example, I leave Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) turned on because it doesn’t really annoy me.
But what does annoy me is when I know that some Microsoft program is bothering others and keeping them from patching their PCs. WGA is one of those annoyances. I’m revisiting this subject, which I previously covered in my last Patch Watch column, to follow up on the many e-mails I received and to answer the numerous questions about WGA.
Last Patch Tuesday’s WGA update on June 12, known as patch 892130, technically wasn’t new. The ActiveX update component of that patch was actually released back in February.